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International Auctioneer Contest

This update was posted on Wednesday, July 27th, 2016 at 1:06 pm.

We are pleased to announce that Isaac Schultz of Schultz Auctioneers competed July 22nd at the National Auctioneers Association International Bid calling contest at the Amway Grand Plaza Hotel Grand Rapids MI.. Isaac was one of 95 contestants that competed. Isaac was fortunate enough to be in the finals which included an interview and selling again.

 

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2016 Parades

This update was posted on Thursday, July 14th, 2016 at 6:10 pm.

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Isaac Schultz is Minnesota’s 2016 State Champion Auctioneer!

This update was posted on Friday, February 12th, 2016 at 10:33 am.

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Competing against some of the very best auctioneers in Minnesota, Isaac Schultz of Upsala was crowned the 2016 Minnesota State Champion Auctioneer, Jan. 14. It was the 27th time the competition was held by the Minnesota State Auctioneers Association (MSAA).

“It’s an honor. I’m really excited to be state champion,” he said.
The contestants were judged on presentation, chant voice, clarity, rhythm, expression and effective auctioneering. At the age of 24, Schultz is one of the youngest who has ever held the state champion title. Only one other 24-year-old, Austin Bachman, won the title in 2012.

In the Schultz family, Isaac said it seems to have become a tradition that a Schultz win the championship title every six years. Since the competition’s inception in 1989, Isaac’s dad, Mike Schultz, won the state championship title in 2004. Isaac’s cousin, Matt Schultz, won it in 2010.
Isaac said he’s been striving to win the state championship since he was young and first started bid-calling (auction chant).
“So it’s really cool to be one among the 27 state champions now. Many of them, including my dad, are mentors to me and have helped me grow in the business,” he said.
“I’m excited for him. It’s a huge blessing. It’s a very difficult and fair competition. The field of contestants he was up against are very skilled so it’s a great reward,” said Mike.
“I’m very proud of him,” said Isaac’s mom, Jan Schultz.
Isaac said he anticipates this year to be very fun. As the state champion, he is also the ambassador for the MSAA for the year.
“I look forward to travelling around the state, meeting with media and helping with auctions I otherwise might have not had the opportunity to do,” he said.
Another opportunity Isaac said he embraces is the chance, as the ambassador, to work with children who are growing into the auction business, to bring them up on stage and help them along.
The MSAA will also pay his way to compete in the International Auctioneer Championships in Grand Rapids, Mich. in July.
Isaac said he grew up around the auction business. His parents own “Schultz Auctioneers Landmark Realty” in Upsala and as a child got to tag along. Yet, even so, he said, the interest for the business didn’t come until  he was 15-16, when the National Auctioneer Association announced it would hold an International Junior Auctioneer Championship.
“I recognized it as an opportunity to achieve something at a young age and to try to win the trophy and the $1,000 prize money,” he said.
Isaac didn’t win that year, but said he later took second place.
“It was that auction that kind of threw the headset on me and told me to go. Then under guidance, I continued to build from there,” he said.
Isaac said each auction is uniquely challenging.
“A lot goes into preparing for the auction, as much needs to be done in order to be successful on auction day,” he said.
Isaac said he particularly enjoys selling farm equipment, although he sells a wide variety of merchandise.
Isaac graduated from World Wide College of Auctioneers in Mason City, Iowa, in June 2009.
Isaac said being involved in the auction business has helped him in his personal growth.
“What makes it so special about the auction business is that it gives you that poise and stage presence that can be applied to a lot of parts of life. It’s also an opportunity to be in front of  a crowd,” he said.
Isaac said his auction chant constantly changes and that he works on improving it.
“I practice it whenever I get a chance, whether I am driving down the road or doing other things. Some of the best auctioneers may put in 10 or more hours per week practicing the auction chant,” he said.
For the future, Isaac said he wants to make a living in the auction business and to have great success.
“I might take over the family business one day or be part of an auction organization that can help a lot of people. It’s really about helping people in a time of change,” he said.

*Written by Sheila McCoy

*Article courtesy of the Morrison County Record

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This update was posted on Tuesday, July 7th, 2015 at 10:09 am.

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Iowa Town, Preserved Since 1930s, Heads to Auction Block

This update was posted on Thursday, August 25th, 2011 at 4:29 pm.

SCOTCH GROVE, IA—For almost fifty years, the century-old buildings in the farming community of Scotch Grove have guarded a time capsule. Recently, representatives from two auction companies opened the doors of these sixteen buildings to find hundreds of thousands of retail, wholesale, and service items still on the shelves and floors—still in their original packaging and store displays.
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Upsala Boys Basketball Team Headed to State Tournament for First Time in School History

This update was posted on Tuesday, March 22nd, 2011 at 11:45 am.

The Upsala Boys Basketball Team is headed to the state tournament for the first time in school history. Our very own Ethan Schultz is a senior starter on the team. The Morrison County Record featured an excellent article about how they got by rival Sebeka, and the St. Cloud Times featured an excellent article about the boys’ win over Springfield to head to the State Tournament for the first time ever!

John Schultz appointed to represent Minnesota as NAA Ambassador

This update was posted on Friday, November 5th, 2010 at 1:57 pm.

Schultz to serve as liaison between national and state association

November 3, 2010, Overland Park, Kan. – John Schultz of Albany, Minnesota was recently appointed to serve as an NAA Ambassador for the National Auctioneers Association. As an NAA Ambassador, Schultz will serve as a liaison between the NAA and the Minnesota State Auctioneers Association.
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Family-owned Business Wins Three International Awards

This update was posted on Monday, July 26th, 2010 at 4:20 pm.

UPSALA, MN—Schultz Auctioneers, a family-run auction firm, was recognized on July 15 as one of the international leaders in auction advertising. Competing against industry peers as far away as South Africa, the firm was awarded three top honors in the National Auctioneers Association’s (NAA) annual marketing competition, sponsored by USA Today.
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Schultz Auctioneers Recognized as State Leader in Auction Advertising

This update was posted on Tuesday, January 19th, 2010 at 1:40 pm.

UPSALA, MN—Schultz Auctioneers, a family-run auction firm, has recently been recognized as one of the state leaders in auction advertising. Competing against industry peers from across Minnesota, the firm was awarded three first place honors, and two second place honors in the Minnesota State Auctioneers Association (MSAA) annual marketing competition.

“They really took down some heavy weights,” divulged Ryan George, who has designed over 1,300 direct mail pieces and over 5,000 newsprint ads for the auction industry. “This competition reflects the growing grass-roots democracy of advertising in general: the best presentation and message can trump even the mass-produced, well-funded efforts of large corporations,” continued the author of the AdverRyting blog.

“We’ve taken some chances and pushed the envelope here in Minnesota for auction advertising,” said Mike Schultz, president of the firm. “It’s starting to pay off in more than just increased sales,” Schultz noted. Schultz credited several of their professional partnerships with helping this family business compete with local and larger firms.

The first award—for internet marketing—was the first-ever won in this category, as the MSAA created it this year to reflect the growing media marketplace auctioneers are using to gain exposure for their sales. John Schultz, vice president for operations and web developer at the firm commented, “That was huge for us. Stories about our leading-edge web practices have been printed in industry publications, but this award validates our effort and rewards the risks we’ve taken to stay at the forefront.”

Other awards included First Place, Commercial & Industrial, Two Color Brocure; First Place, Household & Antiques, Multi-sided Brochure; Second Place, Real Estate & Personal Property, Two Color Brochure; and Second Place, Newspaper/Magazine Advertising.

Mike and John Schultz can be reached at 800-457-2967 or through email addresses available on www.schultzauctioneers.com. Schultz Auctioneers conducts auctions of almost every type but specializes in lakefront, residential, and recreational real estate, and firearms, hunting/sporting collectibles, coins, breweriana, and stoneware.

Matthew Schultz Named 2010 Minnesota Champion Auctioneer

This update was posted on Monday, January 18th, 2010 at 5:52 pm.

Duluth, MN – A Stillwater man is the 2010 Minnesota State Champion Auctioneer. At the 22nd annual auctioneer championship held in Duluth, Matthew Schultz won the competition in which 27 auctioneers competed.

The contest was held last night during the Minnesota State Auctioneers Association Conference and Show. Schultz has been part of the auction profession for almost half of his life. He is a graduate of World Wide College of Auctioneering and prior to this contest won the 2002 Minnesota Rookie Auctioneer Contest. He currently sits on the Young Professional Auctioneers Advisory Committee for the National Auctioneers Association and is actively involved in both the Minnesota and National Auctioneers Association.

Schultz will now have his entry paid into the International Auctioneers Championship to be held in Greensboro, North Carolina this July. Asked to describe how he felt with one word, Schultz said, “Awesome!”

The contestants were judged on presentation, chant/voice, effective auctioneering and an interview conducted on stage. This year’s Reserve Champion was Austin Bachman of Ottertail, Minnesota. Rounding out the top five were Kurt Johnson of White Bear Lake, Theresa Ann Larson from Aitkin and Bryce Hansen of Prairie Farm, Wisconsin.

The MSAA celebrated their 60th anniversary at this year’s conference and show, which concluded Saturday night in Duluth. The association is an organization of licensed auctioneers who work to promote the auction profession. As the new champion, Matthew Schultz will serve as a goodwill ambassador for Minnesota Auctioneers throughout 2010.

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